Originally Posted by jtejedor
I gotta ask what was pumped through this "plumber pump" before you used it?
My friend's dad said just plain water. We cleaned it out a few times with brewery wash and sanitizer just to make sure.
I am guessing someone dropped the pump, breaking the pump head. We unscrew the dip tube to clean it after every brew. Someone must have gotten a hold of it and misplaced it.
I thought about cutting my losses and just brewing another day. But the yeast had been sitting at room temperature for a few days on the stir plate, and I did not want to risk losing the yeast. Once I started mashing, I was at the point of no return.
Fermentation started last night and picked up in the morning. This was an expensive beer, and I just hope it is drinkable.